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    Fuel - Can we check we're getting what we pay for??

    I always use Shell Optimax, or if not available, the ocassional fill with BP Ultimate.

    Just came back from a longish trip where I used several filling stations for the first time. At one particular motorway Shell station the Optimax was very expensive, as is usual with all brands at motorway stations in the UK. But the performance of my 997S suddenly came to life in a big way!!

    Then on next fill it reverted to what I'd previously considered to be normal. Another fill and it flew again - then next fill back to normal.

    Is it possible that some stations are charging super un-leaded prices for standard un-leaded products? If so, is there any way we can prove it?

    Re: Fuel - Can we check we're getting what we pay for??

    I'm sure there are stations that do things to get over on us. I'm not sure how one can test this without going to a lab or something.

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    John H said:
    I always use Shell Optimax, or if not available, the ocassional fill with BP Ultimate.

    Just came back from a longish trip where I used several filling stations for the first time. At one particular motorway Shell station the Optimax was very expensive, as is usual with all brands at motorway stations in the UK. But the performance of my 997S suddenly came to life in a big way!!

    Then on next fill it reverted to what I'd previously considered to be normal. Another fill and it flew again - then next fill back to normal.

    Is it possible that some stations are charging super un-leaded prices for standard un-leaded products? If so, is there any way we can prove it?



    From my experience that just doesn't happen.

    My Skyline (Sold it about an hour ago! Yipee!) is mapped very very specifically to run on 98 RON (Optimax). Put anything less in and it detonates under abuse. 95 RON makes it sound like a diesel when you put your foot down.

    In all my tanks of fuel I have never yet had a bad fill. With such a touchy car I would know about it.

    Having said that, I have no real experience of filling stations that aren't Shell!

    ...Add

    Re: Fuel - Can we check we're getting what we pay for??

    Get a five gallon gas can. Put 5 carefully measured gallons of water in it, mark the level. Bring same can to gas station pump put "five" gallons in it. Get 4.5 -4.6 actual gallons. Been there done that.


    The CAR adjusts for octane levels. Damn shame we can't see what it is doing, how it is sensing the octane. I betcha we seldom are getting "premium" gas though we're paying for it.

    I believe the gasoline business is totally infected with corruption. Funny no news media will touch the issue.

    Re: Fuel - Can we check we're getting what we pay for??

    If the quantity dispensed by the pump does not match what you are charged for don't just sit there and fume. Every state has a Department of Weights and Measures, make a written complaint to them. They are responsible for certifying the accuracy of dispensing equipment. Also complain to the local police, because what the station is engaged in is called fraud. Not long ago the State of Nebraska responding to a complaint, did an unannounced check on a station along Interstate 80. By the time the state got finished with them they had a new a-hole.

    Re: Fuel - Can we check we're getting what we pay for??

    Yeah, sure. Take on local organized crime in the corrupt gasoline trade, uh huh. Like I want to volunteer for a rectal exam and hope for hang up calls at midnight. No offense though, you do make a good point.

    Re: Fuel - Can we check we're getting what we pay for??

    I'd just like to clarify that the point I was raising is not the quantity of fuel dispensed but the quality of fuel dispensed i.e. octane levels.

    It seems, from further research, that Maryland has it pretty much covered:-

    http://compnet.comp.state.md.us/mftd/ginfo/quality.asp

    Unfortunately for me, the nearest I ever get to the U.S. of A. is the "Uther Side of Accrington" - so not much use then!

    Anyone know if these Inspectors exist in other States/Countries?

    Re: Fuel - Can we check we're getting what we pay for??

    I think Evo magazine did a fuel comparison review a while ago. One thing they noted was that the freshness of the fuel made a difference. If the petrol station had a high turnover, or had just had a deliver, this might explain the performance difference. I notice it too, but I think it's just the luck of the draw as to whether you fill close after a fuel delivery.

     
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